Friday, September 24, 2010

Is this insomnia or what?

I love my current job because my work shift is from 1:00 (or later) to 10:00 pm (or later). *Wink* I just wish my shift will stay like this forever. It is rare to find an accounting job with this kind of schedule, where there is no pressure for me to wake up early (unless there are morning meetings or events) and where there is still time for me to spend time with friends or whomever after work.

But one thing that really bugs me is the fact that I can't sleep when I get home. May I be home early (like 11:00 pm to 12:00 am) or late (3:00 to 6:00 am), I still don't feel sleepy at all, except when I'm really really drunk. Like I can just drink and drink everyday for me to easily fall into a deep slumber! Cannot be.

There must be reasons behind this. Let me think...
  • I watch TV when I get home. Cable TV offers so much variety of shows that catches my interest. I couldn't resist keeping my eyes fixed on those cool series or movies. So should I just throw away my TV set so that there would be no temptation? Absolutely not!
  • I surf the net. I am a total web rat - if you know what I mean. I am addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, YouTube, PR (know what this is?) and LO (how about this?)! Our home internet connection is open almost 24/7 and we have wi-fi access so I can browse via our PC, my laptop or my phone. No - I can't let go of this addiction.
  • I feel hungry at night. Yes, I may not look like a patay-gutom but I couldn't resist giving into my cravings at night - may it be a full meal or snacks. Then after eating, I wouldn't want to sleep due to fear of having nightmares and then die - just like the deceased Filipino matinee idol. So, in order for me not to fall asleep after eating, I either watch TV or surf the net, or both.
  • I keep on thinking about stuff. Even if I lose the appetite to watch TV, surf the net or eat, I lay down on my bed but still keep my brain busy thinking about things like work, friends, plans, memories, dreams, fantasies, fears, etc. So what choice do I have?

I seriously need help - professional help. Should I seek counselling and/or medication? But wait, is this the thing we call insomnia? I need to check its definition.

Insomnia: The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep  because of one or more of the following: difficulty falling asleep; waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep; waking up too early in the morning; or unrefreshing sleep. Insomnia  is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep. Individuals vary normally in their need for, and their satisfaction with, sleep. Insomnia may cause problems during the day, such as tiredness, a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

So is this insomnia or what?


  1. techno addict lang yan kuya. LOL.

    ano yung PR and LO????

    inom ka warm milk. it works for me. :)

  2. really? hmmm. there's milk here. maybe i should try that. PR and LO? you have to find out for yourself. haha! :P thanks for that tip ;)

  3. na-gets ko na ung PR! hahaha. minention sya ng friend ko. sensya naman.

    ung LO na lang! :)

  4. kaya mo yan! :)
    later ulit. time for me to attempt to sleep. haha!

  5. PR and LO,, nakaka-manly yan db? hehe

    and yes, MILK is good..
    share ko lang, pag ndi ako makatulog,
    i try neozep drowsy or iterax, guess it's an anti-histamine. maybe u can try those as well. hehehe

  6. Hmmm.. We have the same problem, pero ako po I don't watch TV at night (except if its a movie night) and I don't have internet at home so I usually can't sleep because of thinking too much in bed and I wake up at two times at night (around 12:00 and 3:00). Insomnia nga po yan.

    As much as possible Don't try po medications. Its bad for the liver po. Why not try listening to music(flute, violin or piano) to calm you down po. Yun po kasi ginagawa ko. Hehe..

  7. try playing soothing music... and bawal ang tv sa bed (if ever your tv set is inside your bedroom) sabi ng doctor ng brother ko since he has the case of insomnia too. and yes, milk does help too. goodluck with that =)


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